Facts on the Tennessee Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 138 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Tennessee, employing 2,300.
- Tennessee ranked 23rd nationally in Q4 installations. See solar state rankings.
- In 2012, Tennessee ranked 14th nationally in solar capacity installed.
- Tennessee ranks 17th nationally in cumulative installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 4,000 homes.
- In 2012, $84 million was invested in Tennessee to install solar on homes and businesses. This represents a 58% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- National prices for installed residential and commercial photovoltaic systems have dropped steadily--by 14% from last year and 31% since 2010.
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Notable Installations in Tennessee
- Owned and operated by the University of Tennessee, West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County generates enough energy to power 500 homes and offset 250 tons of coal per month. This 5 MW photovoltaic project came online in March 2012 and employed 50 workers at peak construction.
- The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Solar Farm in Chattanooga is powered by American-made Suniva solar cells. The first phase of this 3 MW photovoltaic project came online in February 2012.
See our solar installations maps.
Solar Companies in Tennessee
There are currently more than 138 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Tennessee. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 34 manufacturers, 25 manufacturing facilities, 53 contractor/installers, 7 project developers, 16 distributors and 28 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.